DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! by Mo Willems

DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This cinematic adventure, with its simple retro-cartoonish drawings, begins on the opening endpapers when a pale blue pigeon dreams of driving a bus. On the title page, the profile of the strong-jawed bus driver notes in a word bubble that he has to leave for a little while and requests that the reader watch things for him. “Oh and remember: “Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” The text is a handwritten, typewriter-like hand in white word bubbles set on a background of neutral tones of lavender, salmon, celadon, and beige. With the bus in the reader’s care, the bus driver nonchalantly strolls away. Turn the page and readers see a close-up of the pigeon, who spends the next 13 well-paced pages begging, pleading, lying, and bribing his way into their hearts. The words “LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!!!” triple in size and leap from the page as the pigeon loses control, flopping across the bottom of the pages. Readers of all ages will nod with recognition of his helplessness and frustration. The bus driver returns, thanks the readers, and drives away, leaving the pigeon with his head hanging in sadness. And just like any young person, he’s quickly distracted from his disappointment when a huge truck tire zooms into view. In the end, the pigeon dreams of driving the big red tractor-trailer truck. A first picture book by an Emmy Award–winning writer and animator, listeners will be begging, pleading, lying, and bribing to hear it again and again. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7868-1988-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2003




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